Friday, August 26, 2022

Game #123- Toronto Blue Jays (68-55) @ Boston Red Sox (60-65) - game recap


Jordan Romano threw 2 scoreless innings in a 6-5 extra innings win over the Red Sox. George Springer drove in the winning run for the second day in a row

After a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Red Sox in extra innings, the Blue Jays were looking for their 3rd straight win and 4th series sweep of the season. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Raimel Tapia was in CF and Santiago Espinal was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays notch their 4th series sweep and second straight series sweep over the Red Sox? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Bo Bichette doubled scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez
  • The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the 2nd as Reese McGuire singled scoring Xander Bogaerts 
  • A batter later, Bobby Dalbec singled home Christian Arroyo
  • The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd as Rafael Devers doubled scoring Tommy Pham
  • The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the 4th as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled scoring Santiago Espinal and Danny Jansen
  • The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a sac fly by Dalbec that scored Rob Refsnyder
  • Kutter Crawford pitching line: 4.2IP 10H 4R (all earned) 2BB 5K 85 pitches (53 for strikes)
  • Kevin Gausman pitching line: 5IP 9H 4H (all earned) 0BB 6K 88 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 6th as Danny Jansen smashed a solo blast over the green monster in left
  • The Red Sox tied the game in the bottom half of the inning as Jarren Duran doubled scoring Dalbec
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 10th on a fielder's choice hit by George Springer that scored Biggio
  • Final score: Blue Jays 6 Red Sox 5

My Take:

  • Kevin Gausman battled through 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits while walking none and striking out 6. Gausman had a perfect 1st inning, but the 2nd inning not so much with five of the first four batters reaching base and two runs in. The theme of the day seemed to be getting outs to start an inning. In all but the 1st and 5th innings, the first two Red Sox batters reached base, Gausman was able to adjust to limit the damage to a run or two per inning, but not a quality start for the Blue Jays righty.
  • The bullpen gave up an unearned run (thanks to a throwing error by Bo Bichette) on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 over the final 5 innings. Jordan Romano had to esacpe a bases loaded jam with none out after loading the bases on a pair of hits and an intentional walk. He got a key strikeout and an inning-ending double play. Romano had a much easier time in the 10th with the ghost runner on 2nd not even advancing to 3rd base.
  • The Offence gave Blue Jays pitchers four separate leads and the last one stuck. Bo and Vlad had separate 2-run hits, Danny Jansen had a solo shot over the green monster and Cavan Biggio scored the last and winning run on a brilliant slide. Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit except Raimel Tapia 
  • Three different Blue Jays played CF. Only one (Tapia) made a defensive play.
  • The Blue Jays were a bad 2-12 with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox were even worse, going 3-20 with runners in scoring position, including the bases loaded chance in the 9th inning with none out 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head home to face the LA Angels in a weekend set. The Blue Jays swept the Angels in their four game series in Anaheim back on May 26-29, with the Blue Jays outscoring the Angels 27-21 in that series. The pitching matchup tomorrow features Mitch White pitching against Angels lefty Reid Detmers.